Reed City guard commits to Alpena Community College
REED CITY - Zac Saez has completed a four-year varsity basketball career at Reed City and is traveling up north to keep it going.
Saez, an all-Central State Activities Association Gold Division first team standout and Pioneer dream team member, has announced he will be attending Alpena Community College and playing basketball.
"Zac is a great kid that has really worked hard for many years to aspire his dreams of playing at the collegiate level," Reed City athletic director Kris Griffin said. "He spent a lot of time in the gym."
Saez said he actually committed to Alpena halfway through the boys basketball season.
"I went on a visit there and was talking to the coach," Saez said. "He watched me play and thought I was a great fit for their program. He offered me a scholarship and I committed (a few months ago)."
Saez said he talked to a few other colleges.
"I was supposed to go and play at other schools and talk to their coaches, but the COVID-19 situation really affected that," Saez said. "So I decided Alpena was a good fit."
Saez has been a point guard at Reed City and plans on playing the same role at ACC.
Reed City had a young team with a 6-15 record.
"We didn't have many players coming back," Saez said. "It was tough. We had ups and downs. I learned a lot with a new coach coming in. I'll be able to take that to the next level since I'll have a new coach again."
Saez averaged in the high teens scoring per game. He had a high game of 27 points against Tri County. He was known for his consistent outside shooting.
"Actually, I became more of an inside threat this year than I have been in my whole career," he said. "I knew it was a weakness coming into the season so I worked on it."
Memorable moments for Saez and Reed City included beating Big Rapids on the road. The Cardinals won at Reed City on a half-court buzzer beater.
Now the focus is getting ready for college basketball.
"I'll be shooting every day," he said, "and will work on getting faster, doing things like defensive drills and ball handing drills, and getting stronger for sure. Getting stronger is one of the most important things."
Saez isn't ruling out the chance of playing for a four-year school after two seasons at ACC.
"I'm not sure yet but that would be cool if I got the chance to do that," he said.
Saez was going to play on the Reed City golf team this spring but the season was canceled because of the coronavirus attack.
"I decided the day after we lost to Ludington in the districts," he said. "I was thinking I don't have anything to do during the spring time."
But then the season was canceled. He went to one practice before the season ended.
Saez figures had he played golf, he could have averaged low 40s for nine holes.
He's played golf his whole life but Saez said this would have been his first full varsity year of high school golf. "I played my freshman year but was so focused on my basketball at that time," he said, adding when the season was canceled, "I was shocked."